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Prohibited antibiotic in feed. Authorities see no cause for concern

In the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, traces of antibiotics were once again found in the feed. A discovered antibiotic is prohibited by law for the production of animal feed. However, according to the authorities, there is no health risk for consumers, since the quantities are hardly detectable after further processing.

According to official information from the agricultural authorities, a banned antibiotic called "chloramphenicol" was found in animal feed. A manufacturer of animal feed from the Magdeburg district district had already informed the authorities about this on Friday. The manufacturer announced that the antibiotic active ingredient chloramphenicol was discovered when processing a vitamin premix. This premix again came from a supplier in Lower Saxony.

Antibiotic hardly detectable
According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), however, there is no cause for concern. It is assumed that the compound feed made from the vitamin mixture no longer contains any analytically detectable traces of the antibiotic. Only 17.9 micrograms of chloramphenicol per kilogram were detected in the premix. So the actual amount in the finished animal feed is of little importance. This precludes any danger to animals and humans, says the institute. Nevertheless, the manufacturer from Saxony-Anhalt has to recall all animal feed already delivered. A total of 55 tons of animal feed have already been delivered to agricultural businesses. 22 tons could be brought back to the current state of knowledge.

Chloramphenicol is a broad-spectrum antibiotic and, due to its numerous side effects, is currently only used in medical emergencies. The active ingredient is only used when there are no longer adequate medicines available. It is commonly considered a reserve antibiotic among medical professionals. Depending on the dose, bone marrow damage and nervous system disorders (neurotoxin) can occur as side effects. However, the mostly life-threatening side effects described were rarely found. (sb)

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